What to do when your access to print materials is extremely limited
Look in multiple places
- HOLLIS's Everything is NOT everything
- Some items may lack a "View Online" button and yet still be available to you via another platform
- Use the "book" and "online" filters in HOLLIS to check if there's a separate listing for the ebook version (usually they appear close together)
- Look for temporarily expanded access: many publishers and vendors have increased your Harvard Key can access and/or removed paywalls altogether
- Add some of our major full-text platforms to your list of go-to resources
- Use general web search to look for free access to specific titles (Google, Duckduckgo, etc.)
- Check one of the community sourced-lists of subscription or licensed content being made temporarily available for free or on significantly reduced/discounted terms. These include books, articles, e-media, video, and more.
Please be judicious in your use of these sources, as there is copious material of a non-scholarly nature published about the Celts. Look for works published by university presses, and double-check with your professor or TF.
- If a scholarly book you're seeking is among the first published works of its author, it's possible that it may have existed in dissertation form, first. Consider checking ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, which offers many dissertations in full text format (but be sure to check with your professor before relying on research available in dissertations).
- Don't forget your public library! It may offer resources not available through Harvard (e.g. Kindle-format ebooks)
- Ask me for suggestions and ideas!
Can't access something? Learn *about* it
- Book reviews:
- In HOLLIS, put the book title (subtitle optional) in quotes to search it as an exact phrase: "Celtic art" or "Celtic art: from its beginnings to the Book of Kellls". The "reviews" filter sometimes helps.
- Additional book reviews might be available via Academic Search Premiere.
- Mentions: performing a cited reference search is a good way to find these. Start with Google Books and Google Scholar.
- Look for information in encyclopedias, bibliographies, and companions, such as Oxford Reference, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Cambridge Histories Online, or Oxford Bibliographies Online
Don't forget to browse!
Most experts recommend browsing (walking the library shelves, flipping through an entire volume) as the best method to gain a sense of the "landscape" and to find overlooked or unexpected material
- Starts with/browse option in HOLLIS - call number is especially helpful. (See the HOLLIS User Guide for tips.)
- Most platforms offer ways to explore serendipitously. Look for:
- When you find good content, look at the top of the web page and on side menus for links back to the larger container so you can explore that---the specific issue an article appeared in, the journal, the book or book series, the themed collection, etc.
Need primary sources? Try these:
- digitalcollections.harvard.edu - items digitized from Harvard's collections
- dp.la and europeana.eu - major digital collection aggregators
- Harvard-licensed databases of archives OR manuscripts
- Harvard-licensed databases of magazine OR newspapers
- Harvard-licensed databases of diaries OR letters OR correspondence OR maps, etc.